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The Role of Freeloaders In Open Source Communities 120

Posted by Soulskill
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dp619 writes "The Outercurve Foundation has published a defense of freeloaders as part of a blog series on how businesses can participate in open source. ' the end, it's all about freeloaders, but from the perspective that you want as many as possible. That means you're "doing it right" in developing a broad base of users by making their experience easy, making it easy for them to contribute, and ultimately to create an ecosystem that continues to sustain itself. Freeloaders are essential to the growth and success of every FOSS project.'"
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The Role of Freeloaders In Open Source Communities

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  • by symbolset (646467) * on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @05:51AM (#45963081) Journal

    The very topic is a BSD license vs GPL trolling deathmatch. Almost as if it were designed that way.

    If the enemies of openness have developed this level of subtlety then they deserve recognition for their brilliance. It is a far cry from "Project Mojave" levels of stupid. Their products still suck, but at least they are learning to push the right buttons.

  • by ccguy (1116865) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @05:59AM (#45963123) Homepage

    Who, happen to be who? That's right, users(consumers)! :* At the end of the day, open source was made to attract people who can improve code, and in order for i to happend, they need to use code in the first place! Oh, and btw, you are also wong about developers. I am no developer, but I submit bugs to Firefox, etc, so I am part of development progress. I suggest ideas too! So define freeloader. User != freeloader. If I sugget someoen OSS, am I still freeloader? I do marketing for developer too?

    I think the first thing you need to do is chill, then install a spell checker :-)

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine